At TVNewsCheck’s Cybersecurity for Broadcasters Retreat, executives from Fox, ABC-TV, the North American Broadcasters Association and the Digital Production Partnership will outline strategies for working with media technology vendors on bolstering security in the production environment.
The television industry’s gradual technology transition from hardware to software has produced a growing array of equipment that’s connected to the internet. With that comes the threat of a rising number of cybersecurity threats and breaches.
The solution, according to industry security and IT leaders, lies in working with media technology vendors to limit vulnerabilities. Four of those security and IT leaders will talk about how their organizations are tackling this issue during TVNewsCheck’s Cybersecurity for Broadcasters Retreat in Atlanta.
The panel session, set for Thursday, June 21, at 10:15 a.m., will include Paul Capizzi, VP-IT services at Fox Television Stations; Ben Kepler, senior manager, engineering and operations, ABC-TV; John C. Lee, consultant to Fox Networks Group and chair of the technology committee of the North American Broadcasters Association; and Mark Harrison, managing director, Digital Production Partnership.
Entitled “Engineering + IT: Working with Media Technology Vendors to Advance Security,” the panel will function as Part Two of a morning block of programming fostering increased collaboration among TV’s engineering, IT and security communities.
Capizzi and Kepler will talk about how their engineering and IT teams collaborate to communicate to vendors how to better address security issues, while Lee and Harrison will relate how their organizations have advanced the issue of security with vendors.
In February, NABA released a list of Security Recommendations for Media Technology Vendors that has been approved by the World Broadcasting Union’s member associations. DPP, an organization devoted to smoothing the TV industry’s transition from hardware to software, has published a Supplier Security Checklist and worked with broadcasters and vendors to develop that work into a self-assessment tool designed to enable suppliers to demonstrate their commitment to achieving security best practice.
Set for June 20-21 at the OMNI Hotel at CNN Center in Atlanta, the Cybersecurity for Broadcasters Retreat will feature seven educational sessions plus two private information exchanges, where TV engineering, IT and security managers can safely compare notes. The retreat will also feature a Cybersecurity Tour of CNN led by Pete Chronis, Turner’s chief information and security officer.
The entire event is being held under confidentiality agreement and is designed to address the specific cybersecurity needs of the broadcasting community.
In addition to the two Engineering + IT panels, educational sessions will address:
- Security, the Cloud and Live TV Broadcasting
- Communicating with the C-Suite
- Writing security layers for ATSC 3.0’s unique threat surfaces
- The benefits of participating in Infragard, an FBI-private industry alliance designed to protect vital infrastructure in the U.S.
- The Regulatory Scene: Present and Anticipated
More information on the retreat’s agenda is here.